The case started when investigators were tipped off by a couple brand owners, who received anonymous letters stating that the location was selling large quantities of counterfeit merchandise. An undercover investigator was assigned to the case to investigate. The undercover traveled to the location and observed that a very small quantity of counterfeit merchandise was displayed in the location.
The undercover felt that there was more going on at the location than met with eye. The undercover made multiple visits to the location and bought a few items during each visit. Well, it finally paid off when the owner of the location finally trusted the investigator and believed that he was a “great customer” and invited the investigator to the back room.
The back room was full of all types of counterfeit merchandise. Counterfeiters are being more and more careful because of the great work of law enforcement attacking these cases. We have learned that you can’t always get the evidence you need on the first visit and it may take multiple attempts to really figure out what is happening.
IP Crimes have been getting more attention in the recent years and this has truly caused us to have to work a little harder to make cases happen. The subject in this case has been charged with felony trademark counterfeiting.
By Kris Buckner, Investigative Consultants